PV powered seawater desalination plant has been inaugurated in Namibia

Founding President of the Republic of Namibia, Sam S. Nujoma, inaugurated a solar power driven sustainable seawater desalination plant at the University of Namibia campus. The system has been commissioned as a joint initiative of the University of Namibia and the University of Turku in Finland. The plant is part of innovative research that examines the potential of coastal agriculture and plants and crops for effective carbon binding.
The system has been designed and delivered by Finnish water technology company Solar Water Solutions Oy. According to the company, it is »among the first desalination systems in the world to operate on 100 percent renewable energy.«
The decentralized system is situated close to the beach and installed in a container. The modular and scalable system produces 3.500 liters of water per hour. »The life-cycle costs of this solar-powered desalination solution are more than 70 percent lower than conventional systems, as there are no energy costs or need for fossil fuels,« says Antti Pohjola, CEO of Solar Water Solutions.
In sub-Saharan Africa, Namibia stands out as the driest country and one of those hardest hit by the effects of climate change.

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